44 Algerian Healthcare Workers Die From COVID-19

Archive photo of the capital, Algiers, during the lockdown in June (AFP)
Archive photo of the capital, Algiers, during the lockdown in June (AFP)
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44 Algerian Healthcare Workers Die From COVID-19

Archive photo of the capital, Algiers, during the lockdown in June (AFP)
Archive photo of the capital, Algiers, during the lockdown in June (AFP)

More than 2,300 healthcare workers in Algeria have been infected with COVID-19, 44 of which have died since the pandemic’s outbreak, according to Health Minister Abderrahmane Benbouzid.

In a press statement on Tuesday, Benbouzid appealed for public support to the medical staff who are “at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”

He hailed their competence and professionalism, as well as the sacrifices they make in the field, stressing that they need everyone's help.

The Minister called on the entire nation to respect and implement the preventive measures imposed by the government to confront the pandemic. These include maintaining hygiene, social distancing, respecting sanitary confinement, and compulsory wearing of face masks.

Public sector hospitals and clinics have been facing great pressure due to the increase in the number of coronavirus infections, which exceeded 18,000, by an average of 600 per day.

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said on Sunday he will issue a new bill “to protect all the country’s medical personnel and workers.”

He stressed these penalties would be “severe” and would range between “five to 10 years in prison” against any aggressor on doctors or nurses.

Some hospitals have recently seen violent acts by relatives of those infected.

In an initiative by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowments, a national solidarity campaign with medical staff was launched on Tuesday, dubbed “We are all with doctors against the pandemic.”

The launching campaign was overseen by Minister Yusuf Belmahdi and in the presence of Benbouzid at Mustapha Pasha University Hospital in the capital.

Belmahdi vowed to publicize the initiative throughout the country.

Under the initiative, civil society organizations are set to visit hospitals, provide support to medical personnel, and discuss their local needs.



Israel Bombs Gaza after US Criticizes High Civilian Toll

Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed
Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed
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Israel Bombs Gaza after US Criticizes High Civilian Toll

Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed
Palestinians inspect at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the Israel-Hamas conflict, in the central Gaza Strip, July 16, 2024. REUTERS/Ramadan Abed

Israel renewed its bombardment of the Gaza Strip Tuesday, after the United States renewed its criticism of its ally over the high civilian casualty toll of the war.

Residents told AFP of Israeli warplanes striking central Gaza and artillery fire hitting the territory's south, while medics said they pulled multiple bodies from the rubble of the latest bombardment.

Hours earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told two top Israeli officials that casualties among Palestinian civilians "still remain unacceptably high".

"We continue to see far too many civilians killed in this conflict," spokesman Matthew Miller said after Blinken meth Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer and National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi.

Washington has been pushing for a truce between Israel and Hamas.

But Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday that the group was pulling out of indirect talks for a deal in protest at recent Israeli "massacres", including a massive strike on Sunday that the health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said killed at least 92 people.

Haniyeh said Hamas stood ready to return to the indirect talks once Israel "demonstrates seriousness in reaching a ceasefire agreement and a prisoner exchange deal".

After the latest deadly strikes, medics from the Palestinian Red Crescent said they recovered four bodies from a house outside the southern city of Khan Yunis and another from Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza.

The Israeli military said that over the previous 24 hours its air force struck "approximately 40 terror targets" in Gaza. They included "sniping posts, observation posts, Hamas military structures, terror infrastructure, and buildings rigged with explosives".

It said its troops were also continuing targeted raids in the far-southern city of Rafah and in the central Gaza Strip.